-Locally produced movies are been sold for as low as GH¢0.50
-An undercover journalist brought this information to light
-Most of the perpetrators also sell songs of Ghanaian artistes
The piracy business in Ghana seems to be booming now more than the past and all of this have been happening to the detriment of producers who spend thousands of cedis to produce these movies.
It has come to light that some young men in some principal parts of Accra and Kasoa are selling locally produced movies for way below the price on the market.
These young men, according to Emmanuel Agyemang, a journalist of Accra-based Onua 95.1 FM can be found mostly around Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Madina, Kaneshie and Kasoa with laptops and hard drives waiting on their customers to sell movies to them.
According to the journalist, these ripped movies were sold for a meagre GH¢0.50. The journalist added that the young men had the movies on laptops and hard drives and sold movies upon demand by movie-lovers who knew about the business. Many patrons came with their storage devices and copied movies for the agreed price.
The local movie downloaders at Kwame Nkrumah Circle are based around the Orion Cinema. The journalist who pretended to be a fan of local movies approached one of the young men in an attempt to elicit information from him about the business. The young man told the journalist that a movie cost GH¢0.50. He added that if a movie had more than one part, each part attracted a GH¢0.50 charge as well. The young man also said that they had songs on request and could help the journalist with any song of his choice provided he was going to pay GH¢0.20 for each song he copied.
The investigation was carried out on live radio. After the investigation, Mr. Isaiah Kofi Appiah, a movie director/producer and Ashanti Regional Chairman of the Film Directors Guild was contacted for his thoughts on the matter.
Mr. Isaiah Kofi Appiah talked the falling standards in the movie industry due to activities of these local movie downloaders. He said that a local movie producer could spend up to GH¢ 50,000 to produce just one movie and it would be bad for business for their finished works to be sold for GH¢ 0.50.
He charged on the authorities to take drastic measures in punishing these perpetrators before they collapsed the movie industry with their activities. He added that in his capacity as chairman for Ashanti Regional Film Directors Guild, he was going to see to it that piracy was clamped down to ensure the success and continuity of the local movie industry.
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